If you’re using letters and mail to keep in touch right now… first of all, YAY FOR YOU. I can tell you, getting a letter in the mail will mean so much more to your friends and family than getting another email or text.
Secondly, if you want to take your letters to the next level, try decorating the envelope for extra fun. There’s all SORTS of ideas you can find, from simple patterns that literally anyone can do to beautiful illustrations if you like art.
So anyway, today I wanted to show you some of my envelope art in case you’re in need of inspiration. 😉 I hope you enjoy!
Alrighty, let’s get started. I’m going to hand these to you in no particular order, so some of them will be a little out of season since they’re not ALL very recent letters. 😉 First up we have this misty watercolor forest accented with my favorite gold paint pen. 😀 I love the gold and blue together!
Sometimes I add coordinating “extras” or goodies into my letters, like this one. I used some leaf printables to set the theme with the envelope art. Then I decorated some pressed leaves with, again, the gold paint pen, and carried it over to some quote cards. Also, tip: if you have multiple pages you want to keep together, try punching a hole at the top corner and tying a rubber band through it. 🙂
A close up of the quote cards… I love sending and receiving quotes and verses! Isn’t that quote from Les Mis great?
Sometimes the simplest envelopes are the most fun to make. I used a couple of Sharpie paint pens and a white gel pen to draw hearts all over this kraft paper envelope – super easy but cute!
If you have some simple patterns on your envelope, try carrying them over to the margin of plain notebook paper. Voila! Easy stationery.
Another themed letter and OH MY, am I still using that same pen? :’D What can I say? I love it. This is the one I have, if you’re interested. For this letter I also edged the paper in washi tape, added a lyric card, and included a magazine picture and some coordinating tea. 😉
Here’s another simple pattern idea. I painted the background with gouache paint, then added flower-like designs and gold dots on top.
(Bleh, sorry for the bad picture.) I really like sending playlists to friends as well as stickers or pamphlets/flyers pertaining to things I talk about in the letter. And for this envelope, I made kind of a geode pattern with different colored wavy stripes. It’s quite fun to make. 🙂
Ooh, I love this one. I feel like I’ve posted this on here before but maybe not? Anyway, I used the negative painting technique with watercolor to decorate both the envelope and coordinating bookmark. It took a looong time, but I love the finished result. I don’t know if I sent those buttercups in the letter or not, but pressed flowers are a fun extra. (Just fold them in the letter so they don’t get crushed.)
Ooh, this is one of my favorites! I recently discovered that Posca pens look amazing on kraft envelopes. They’re basically acrylic paint in a pen, so you could probably get a similar effect with a brush and paint.
Heh, I liked this better before I added the address and stamp. 😛 That’s usually how it goes.
It’s also fun to repeat a bit of the pattern on the front of the envelope and carry it over to the back flap.
Another one of my favorites! I bought a tiny composition notebook at Dollar General and wrote the letter in that after I decorated the cover. 🙂 I used the same patterns and papers for the envelope – a collage of brown paper, gouache paintings, dried herbs, and magazine scraps; all covered with packing paper to protect it.
Writing a letter in a notebook is quite fun, but if you write less than 20-page letters usually (I think that’s my average for this pen pal O.o), you’ll probably have to tear out some pages to fill it all.
I made this one based on a design I really liked that I did before Inktober. You can see it in this post. I liked it on brown paper better, but I still enjoy the effect of the white gel pen linings here. 🙂
Heh, so I pretty much blurred all of this out since the main decoration for this envelope was lettering for the address, but… it looked pretty in real life! XD I really like the way gold pen looks on gouache. (But let’s be honest – by now we all know I just really like the gold pen. Ahem.)
Sometimes I’ll write a bible verse or quote on the back of the envelope to spiff it up a bit. I love this verse!
Here’s another collaged envelope. These are super fun to make, oh my! Just gather scraps of paper, stickers, pressed flowers, washi tape, etc. in coordinating colors, then layer it on semi-randomly and glue it down. If you’re putting it on the outside of an envelope, again, put packing tape on the outside to protect it.
I actually used a dip pen and gold ink to write this quote. IT WAS SO FUN. XD
We shall end with another pretty Posca flower envelope. I really like the yellow sparkles and dots around this one – it gives it more of a magical feeling. Or maybe makes you want to sneeze if you’re allergic to pollen. *shrugs* XD
So… yep! That’s all the envelope art I have for you today, my friends. I hope you enjoyed that and were able to collect some inspiration for making your own little works of art. 🙂 Also, don’t feel intimidated if you want to make envelope art but don’t feel artistic. You can truly just use some washi tape or a layer of paint and it will look lovely. ❤
If you want beautiful paintings on your envelopes but don’t want to make them, check out my Etsy shop here for some pretty printed options with my art on it. 🙂
Which envelope design was your favorite? How do you decorate your mail (or do you prefer plain and simple)? Isn’t getting a letter so lovely?
Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!